Letters: Young GPs need to show their commitment

Your excellent GP35 forum highlights two key areas for young GPs. First, the lack of partnership opportunities and, second, the desire for a portfolio career. Are these two linked?

What is the incentive to employ someone who is only partly committed to the practice? I have worked with full-time, part-time, job share, salaried GP and partners for more than 25 years. Reduced commitment eventually means reduced satisfaction. Anything less than full-time partnership causes resentment on both sides.

My remedy for the shortage of partnership opportunities is to permit goodwill payments for new partners. This financial commitment would focus the new GPs' attention on the business of general practice and the true cost of portfolio careers.

In addition maternity pay should be a universal fixed rate payable from 28 weeks until six months after delivery regardless of status or list size.

Dr John Orchard, Alfreton, Derbyshire.

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